It is not always easy to identify a water leak in your home. Sometimes, they can be hidden in locations that are out of site. However, it is important to treat the issue as soon as it is found. A water leak left untreated can severely damage your flooring and walls, along with any surrounding personal property. Here are a few indications that you can look for to protect your property:
Odor: When a leak goes unnoticed for a long duration, the water accumulates and starts to smell. It has a very distinct, stale odor. If you catch a damp, musty scent throughout your home,that is a good indication there is standing water somewhere within your home. When water sits and doesn’t get a chance to dry, it can make matters worse by causing mold and mildew issues.
Mold and Mildew: The most obvious indication that you have a water leak somewhere throughout your home is the site of mold or mildew. You may notice this on your walls and/or floors. This could be an indication of a leaking pipe behind a wall, or underneath the flooring. When moisture gets trapped in places like this, mold and mildew will flourish. Mold and mildew resulting from a leaking pipe can cause serious health risks to you and your family. This is a great opportunity to have the professionals, like Crew Construction and Restoration, handle mold remediation and repair the leak, along with any damage that the water and mold has caused.
Damage to Walls or Ceiling: You might notice some changes with your walls, for example, paint chipping, or wallpaper rippling or detaching from the wall. This is a great indication of a water leak. The moisture will destroy the bond between wall and paint or wall paper. If you notice discoloration of your walls or ceiling, or they start to look deformed, that can point to a plumbing leak. When moisture comes in contact with the drywall, it will become soft and start to bubble and crumble.
Floor Damage: When it comes to loose tile flooring, that could be a result of moisture getting underneath them. You may notice stains or cracks on your floor, or wood floors start to buckle and cup. That is a good sign of water damage and the possibility of a burst pipe under your floor.
To protect your home, routinely check locations, for example, under your bathroom and kitchen sink, and behind furniture, for any indication of water damage. You can even have your home inspected from time to time, to ensure there are no plumbing issues. When you find a leak in your home, Crew Construction and Restoration can assist you with water removal, mold remediation, and all other aspects in restoring your property. Call Crew today for a free estimate.